Malawiâ€™s gig goers are still seething with frustration after what was supposed to be a live encounter with Ugandaâ€™s Jose Chameleone proved a second heartbreak in less than a month.
The Ugandan singer was expected to hold four shows in Blantyre and Lilongwe last weekend, but fans only got a replay of what compelled his host, Linc International director Jamvier Ngoga,Â to reschedule the tour from October 26â€”the Bayuda star was not in Malawi.
Last week, Ngogaâ€”who attributed last monthâ€™s heartbreak to lack of venuesâ€”blamed â€œlogistical problemsâ€ when the singer failed to arrive on Wednesday. This cast doubts over Chemeleoneâ€™s coming, but the promoter said the show was on. Likewise, his import promised a great experience.
On Monday, Ngoga pleaded clueless to why Chameleone had withdrawnâ€”saying he felt for himself, fans, artists and everybody who believed in the retake.
â€œThis time, I donâ€™t have a proper answer. I am trying to get back to Chameleone to understand why he failed to come. My heart is with the people who feel cheated again,â€ said Ngoga in an interview.
This portrays Chameleone as ever-changing as his camouflaging namesake in the bush. His phone went unanswered.
While fans were whining about wasted time and transport costs, Robins Park proprietor Robin Alufandika said last-minute cancellations erode reputation of venues.
â€œWe donâ€™t know why Chameleone didnâ€™t come. But when a show is called off, we get about 75 percent of the booking fee. We would have made more money if we had hired it out to other people,â€ said Alufandika in an interview.
The cost could be higher because Chameleone was set to meet Zambiaâ€™s General Kanene and local giantsâ€”Black Missionaries, Lucius Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Armstrong and Piksyâ€”were booked at four venues, including Ngogaâ€™s Mungo Park in Lilongwe.
When asked, Blacks leader Anjiru Fumulani said they learnt about the no-show on Friday afternoon and they would meet to discuss payment issues and the business they lost on Friday.